Sustainability | The Disruptive Design Methodology

Unpack sustainability and explore how it impacts social, economic, and environmental decision making through everything we do

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Bust through persistent eco myths and explore what it actually means to be sustainable - both in your personal and professional life with our mind activating 5 part series on sustainability and making change!

Get your head into the power of sustainability!

The hotly contested term “sustainability” has come to mean many different things, but the original concept is really all about the interconnectedness of social, economic, and environmental sustainability - it's a powerful aspiration to make better decisions today so that we all benefit in the future.

We all know that there are ‘problems’ in the world, from social issues to environmental concerns, and the current state of our world needs a comprehensive collective objective like sustainability to help provide a framework for change. But we first need to overcome some of the legacy issues we have with the concept and framing, bust through the myths that have been inappropriately perpetuated, and get a better understanding of what social, economical, and environmental sustainability is all about.

In this knowledge session, we take a proper look at the concept of sustainability beyond environmental folklore and then lay the foundations for how you can make more informed environmentally and socially-responsible choices in your personal and professional lives alike. We will explore how to integrate sustainability into decision making and take a look at best-practice approaches to understanding its impact, all the while shattering some common “green” myths and further examining how sustainability relates to professional practice. You will discover how to think differently about sustainability, gain insights into the ways in which you can make better decisions, and get the tools needed to integrate social and environmental change into your professional practice. Leyla weaves in fascinating examples of where good intentions have led to not-so-great outcomes while providing you with practical tools that you can start to apply right after the session!

This class is perfect for designers, social innovators, artists, writers, engineers, scientists, teachers, farmers, lawyers, politicians, chemists, even astronauts- basically anyone who is participating in the tasks of understanding and constructing the world around us--because sustainability is all about working within the constraints of the planet. And with this course, you will receive the thinking tools to better understand how to do just that.

If you are interested in participating in redesigning the world so it works better for us all, and if you have a burning desire to understand how the world works in more detail, then this class is for you!


Your Instructor

Leyla Acaroglu
Leyla Acaroglu

Designer and social change agent Dr. Leyla Acaroglu is internationally recognized as a leading expert in the fields of disruptive design, sustainability, design, and education. As an award winning designer, UNEP Champion of the Earth, social scientist and entrepreneur, Leyla developed the Disruptive Design Method and designs cerebrally activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help people make the status quo obsolete. Her mainstage TED talk on sustainability has been viewed over a million times, and she leads presentations for governments, industry and educational initiatives around the world on activating positive social and environmental change through creative interventions. She is the founder of the UnSchool of Disruptive Design, and two design agencies, Disrupt Design and Eco Innovators. Her classes are dyanamic and she has been described as the Doctor of Change.


Core Learnings:

» SUSTAINABILITY: Examine the historical and contemporary underpinnings of sustainability, as both a concept and a practice.

» CRITICAL ANALYSIS: Delve into the product of pop culture’s greenwashing and how to: (a) see through it and (b) avoid accidentally doing it

» REFLEXIVITY: Engage in reflective thinking around environmental impacts and consequences, including understanding function and functional impacts and life-cycle thinking and assessment methods.

» SYSTEMS THINKING: Understand the foundations of social, economic, and environmental considerations in decision making while also developing a deeper understanding of the relations between production, consumption, and resource depletion.

» CREATIVE INTERVENTIONS: Receive the methods for evaluating environmental and social impacts, including the ecological footprint.


The Disruptive Design Method

The Disruptive Design Method is a three-part process for activating social change. It is underpinned by our 12-unit Design Methodology of high-level concepts and content for professionals interested in activating positive social change through their work.

This is session 1 of 12 in the full knowledge set.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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